VGCC to host Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration on Jan. 15

Vance-Granville Community College will hold a special program celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County.

For the fifth year in a row, the program will feature contributions from several VGCC students as part of a competition. Students were invited to either write speeches, poems or short plays, create murals, collages or paintings, or produce short videos in response to this year’s topic, which was inspired by the recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech. Since the 1963 March helped lead to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, students’ entries are intended to focus on how those two laws subsequently impacted the rights and privileges of Americans. A panel of judges will award cash prizes to the top three participants.

The program will also include inspirational music, as well as remarks by VGCC Adult High School Diploma coordinator Roberta Scott, who was a participant in the 1963 March on Washington. Scott is also a member of the Warren County Board of Education. The master of ceremonies for the event will be VGCC Workforce Investment Act director Blondelle Edgerton, who attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local charitable organization.

For more information, call Suzanne Keil at (252) 738-3344.